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Possibly the best underground rock album of the 1980s,
This review is from: New Day Rising (Audio CD)
After the double-album opus that was Zen Arcade, Minneapolis trio Husker Du released 2 entirely seperate albums in 1985. This stands not only as their best, but also the best album of their careers - no wonder famous fan Dave Grohl namechecked the album on Times Like These.
The sound is essentially punk, very rough-and-ready in the production style, and with lots of angers and frustrations vented, but, even in their relatively young days, strong melodic pop sensibilities were also visible - the influence on groups from Nirvana to Ash is clear.
Celebrated Summer and I Apologise, both penned by Bob Mould, are perhaps the best of all, the latter exerting a great shuffling chorus amidst all the anguish, seemingly talking of a relationship indiscretion, while the former pounds through its verses and chorus before a mellowed bridge - curiously, metallers Anthrax once covered this.
Among the other highlights include If I Told You, 59 Times the Pain and Terms Of Pyschic Warface, the latter perhaps their most radio-friendly track up to this point, but there's nary a duff track here, except perhaps the rather throwaway one-line opener. A classic album, then, the influence of which is still being heard today.